Saturday, March 31, 2012

Experiencing Titanic

I have been a fan of the movie Titanic by James Cameron.  Until now, it gives me goosebumps.  So when Liz and I were looking for an activity to do when we met up, visiting the Titanic Exhibit at the Art Science Museum at the Marina Bay Sands was up in our list.

Minus the lovestory, the movie speaks about history of how in 1912 the great Titanic exudes magnificent engineering in the modern age as it loaded 2223 passengers to New York in a 4-day voyage.  Dubbed to be unsinkable, in the 2nd day of its voyage, it has reached its doom, as it struck into an iceberg.
But the story of the Titanic was only told by those who survived it.  Little was known about it except by those told by a mere 706 individuals who surpassed the tragedy.  But in 1985, Titanic was discovered in the sea bed, 4 km under.  And several missions have been done to obtain relics and artefacts from the vessel and these pieces compose what is the Titanic Exhibit which is shown all over the world.  Singapore is previlege that the Titanic has docked at the Marina Bay Sands!  And I am previleged enough to have the opportunity to see the exhibit

Unfortunately, photos are not allowed inside the exhibit so Liz and I were only left to this one photo which is at the entrance of the exhibit.
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As soon as we hand in our tickets we were given a boarding pass for the Titanic. It is a replica of the boarding pass in 1912 and at the back are the details of an actual passengers, their passenger status and their company during the travel, and their reasons for traveling.  I was a 2nd class mother traveling with my son who's boarding pass was handed to Liz.

At the first part of the museum is about the conceptualization and construction of Titanic and its 2 other sisters, Olympia and Britannic. Among the specimens present are the blueprints or plans of the Titanic and the other 2 ships.  Likewise, it showed how a lot of engineers has put their fingers to make Titanic exude in magnificence.
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Building the Titanic

The next room shows the levels of the titanic from the boiler room (which fuels the Titanic), then the 3rd class or economy class, 2nd class and the first class.  The reconstruction of the 2nd and the first class is very impressive and extravagant.  It is similar (and even more) to some hotels I have seen.  We got to see the replicas of the beds, dressers, toilet and carpeted floors.
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Luxury at the First Class

Even the staircase we have seen in the movies was replicated and reconstructed for the audiences' eyes. There are also some artefacts in glasscases like brushes, or toothpaste jars, perfumes etc.  It is quite amazing that we could still see them despite being in the sea bed for 75 long years.

There was also a part of the exhibit where one could see the top deck, the dark night full of stars and the iceberg that hit the Titanic.  There was a big ice sculptured into an iceberg that the audience could touch and feel the freezing temperature which is awesome.

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Iceberg straight ahead!!

Though awesome is the whole exhibit, there is also a part that is quite haunting and depressing.  There was a wall listing all the passengers of Titanic and its crew and whether or not he or she survived.  Fortunately the original owner of my boarding pass and Liz' survived the tragedy.

The last part of the exhibit is the wreck itself.  We were transported in the sea bed down under and was presented with artifacts and their pictures of how they were discovered by the underwater missions which is very tedious and time consuming (almost 12 hours).

Exiting, the exhibit closes with how help has asked and given to the survivors and the families of those who perished in the tragedy.  And even if Singapore is million of miles away from the location, SG has a big contribution when news has reached its shores.

Tickets are sold at 21SGD (with 3SGD booking fee) for adults.  It may sound expensive but I think with all the efforts done in the recovery and preserviations of the artifacts and bringing the proof of Titanic's existence to your doorstep, it is worth every dollar.

The exhibit is on until the 29th of April 2012.  Hope you guys could take a visit. =)

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The Titanic Exhibit
Art Science Museum
Marina Bay Sands


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wonder Full Show at Marina Bay Sands

My cousin Mary Rose, with husband and 2 daughters, are here at Singapore.  So I spent the whole day as their tourist guide.  I'm no expert with Singapore actually, but among my relatives here, I am the only one available.

So we went to the Marina Bay after we have dropped off their things at their hotel.  Pictures were taken at the Esplanade, Merlion Park and the skyscraper.  We then had dinner at the Lau Pha Sat Market which is miles away (a local told us that its only a 5 min walk, but it was more than that!!!).  After, we strolled towards the Marina Bay Sands to just experience the place.

We are meaning to catch "i light", which is the first sustainable light art in southeast asia, which will happen at the Waterfront.  But good thing we exited at the Promenade (after doing some window shopping) and have seen tourists sitting facing towards the skyscraper.  What is also peculiar is the numerous of photographers setting up their cameras so we thought that we are at the right place.

So we took our seats and waited.  At first it was all just the lights from the buildings in front of us.  My cousin was thinking it would be similar to Hongkong's light show but we were up for a different treat.


Sorry for the video... I only had my hand as tripod.. 

With the skyscraper as background, water and lights played before us accompanied by music and sound. Dubbed as Wonder Full, the show uses electric light and laser effects, to tell the story of the journey of life.  We were left to nothing but to enjoy a stunning masterpiece of visual effects composed of lasers, searchlights, LEDs, video projectors and giant streaming water screens.

Some facts:
--  The soundtrack is on air live through 103.9 FM, which is Marina Bay Sands official radio station.  The sound was recorded by a 140 piece orchestra and was conducted and arranged by Iskandar Ismail and Daryl  Ang.

Laservision, the hand behind the multi-display media attraction, controls its technical wizardy in exact timing.  It took about 3 years and 100 architectural, design, creative, musical, engineering, technical and IT specialists to develop the show.

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Event Plaza at the Promenade

Showtimes:
Wonderful is shown nightly, with permitting weather.

Sundays to Thursdays: 8 PM and 9:30 PM
Fridays and Saturdays: 8 PM, 9:30 PM and 11 PM

Length of Show: 15minutes

Source: http://www.marinabaysands.com/Singapore-Entertainment/WonderFull/

FREE

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Art and Lifestyle at VivoCity

VivoCity is the biggest shopping mall in Singapore and I happen to live nearby.  I am crashing at my Aunt's Boss' place in Sentosa Cove.  Sentosa Cove, so posh and exclusive,  deserves a different post but now I would like to write about VivoCity, the closest shopping mall to where I live.

VivoCity gives its customers and visitors a diverse and radiant mix of retail, food and beverage,and entertainment in over one million square feet of space.  It's name is from the word "vivacity" which is a lifestyle that is modern, stimulating and accessible.

The retail shops are a mix of local and international brands which is complimented with a recreational and entertainment attractions which becomes an escape for relaxation and enjoyment.


VivoCity is also a gateway to Sentosa via the Sentosa Express monorail which you could find at Level 3 or you could stroll along the Sentosa Boardwalk, Southeast Asia's first garden themed panoramic boardwalk.
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Acess Sentosa through the Sentosa Boardwalk

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Walkalators are available at the Sentosa Boardwalk

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You could see Sentosa from the Boardwalk.

What I liked about VivoCity is the outdoor Sky Park where kids and kids at heart could splash out in a pool to cool the nearing summer heat. Just bring along extra clothes as your kids will have a grand time in this large pool.

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Have a splash at VivoCity

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Your kids will surely have a grand and cool time

Likewise, VivoCity has a collection of international art scattered around.  Here are just a few:


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Flower Tree by Choi Jeong-Hwa from Korea

Above is named Flower Tree, which is a six meter tall flower tree in all blooms amongst real trees situated at the Promenade.  It symbolizes affluence, courage and youth.

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Snowman by Inges Idee from Germany

The Snowman, with a height of 13 meters, sits at the Promenade, towering over second-story terrace to peer over the Sky Park.

THERE by Henk Visch from The Netherlands

THERE, a gymnast which swings from a horizontal bar perched more than 6 meters above the rooftop pool, symbolizes man's optimism and his belief that he can find everything he is looking for.

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Vivo Punch by Michael Cheung from Hong Kong

Vivo Punch are human like figures in various poses is a picture of how we must see the bright side of life and we must never fail to explore.  It also depicts fun, inquisitive and innocence which is very childlike. Above is just one of the many human like figures scattered around the open area.

There are 3 other artworks in VivoCity and hopefully I get to update this blog once I had the chance to find them!

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VivoCity
1 HarbourFront Walk,
Singapore 098585

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Novena Church

Sanctuary.  I have always searched for one during difficult times.  It is a haven when you feel you're world is crumbling and nothing seems to be falling in place.

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Novena Church

I have found mine in churches.  But among all the churches I have been into in Singapore (I've been in 3 already), it is the Novena Church that I always go back to often, though out of my route most of the time, just because I felt I have found some solace in there.  The familiarity of faces, kneeling down and praying, seemed to refill my shallow well of hope.

The strong belief of Catholics in Singapore will make you feel you are not alone in your plight, whatever they may be.  That your prayers will be answered and that miracles will happen in your life.

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Inside the church

Many devotees come to the Church to pray and ask intercession to the Mother of Perpetual Help.  As I've said in my previous posts, I am not religious.  But I must say I believe in the Divine Power and the power of praying for yourself and for others.  I believe in seeking help from others for prayers.  I believe in power in numbers that's why I seek help from others to pray for me as well, the Blessed Mother most especially.

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Mother of Perpetual Help

Everytime I get out of the Novena Church, I am recharged, refueled to continue my journey.  =)

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As some may not believe in what I have written above, this posts is not for debate nor to convert others.  I just want my religious beliefs heard and respected.

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Novena Church
300 Thomson Rd.,
Singapore 307653

MRT:  Novena

Singapore Art Museum

I don't have a job and I live by my Philippine pesos savings in Singapore.  It's expensive here but this dilemma does not put my explorations at a halt.  I figured that there are ways to see Singapore without spending much.

So last Friday, I visited the Singapore Art Museum which has free admissions during Fridays at 6PM to 9PM.  Famous for its nickname, SAM, the museum features art histories likewise contemporary art practices in Singapore, South East Asia and the world. It is housed in a restored 19th Century Missionary School as seen with its facade with a Saint welcoming its visitors and interiors that are very much like an abode for the religious. The white building of SAM was guarded by a strikingly statue of the headless superman withering like a candle wax which stood in front.

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Singapore Art Museum


Their current feature is The Singapore Show: Future Proof which is a collaboration of young artists whose works, artistry and innovation has gained attention and acclaimed brilliance from different art circles.  They are the next generation of artists to watch out for.

Paralleled with Future Proof is the Collector's Show featuring Chimera.  Chimera brings together works of Asian contemporary art from 21 collections around the world.  An evocative word, Chimera is referenced both from the mythological hybrid monster and the idea of illusion, fantasy or delusion.  A variety of works, from painting to sculpture, to interactive media, to new media, and installations. The artworks aims to remind us of issues which continuously test our judgement at every turn and corner of our new millennium.

See some of their works below:

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Statue of Venus Obliterated by Infinity Nets 2/10 by Yayoi Kusama

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Jesus by Takashi Murakami

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Orange Madonna by Yasmin Sison



The ones that stood out the most is a work by Patricia Eustaquio which is composed of a piano lace cover swathed over an absent piano.  The work is very delicate in detail giving a haunting feeling of hallowness and loss.

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Psychogenic Fugue by Patricia Eustaquio


Likewise, I find this artistic work, worth mentioning as this is composed of red rays set in a former chapel of the convent exuding a feeling of tranquility or that there's a red light from the heavens.

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The man in the picture is actually a person and not part of the art.

Singapore Art museum is free during Fridays 6-9PM! =)

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Singapore Art Museum (SAM @8Q)
8 Queen Street
Singapore 188535



Source:  Singapore Art Museum Program

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Plants and Flowers at Thomson Road

Last weekend, when the house had a party, Tita Eden's boss required her to buy flowers.  Instead of approaching the usual flower shops, me and my aunt trudged to Thomson Road.  This is just a bus ride away from my usual spot, the Novena Church.

So I went back there yesterday to totally capture the plant and flowers highlighted at Thomson Road.

There are a series of shops catering to your needs in landscaping, gardening plants, both for indoor and outdoor, fresh cut flowers, tools and decors.  Baskets, vases, and painted pots are also available to complete your arrangements.

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Greens Everywhere


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Live Potted Flowers and Plants

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Vases, Pots and Decors

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Wooden decors, Baskets, Clay Vases, and Colored Celophane for bouquets

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Landscaping Materials and Gardening Tools

Some shops also offers a variety of indoor and outdoor home decorative pieces to compliment your garden likewise your interiors.  They have water flowing pieces, rattan swings, sofas, figurines and the like.

One good idea I found is the Frame Gardens. It is about having a lush green wall.  In this concept, a plastic crate is turned into a wall planter box.  Lined with moss, planting materials like cotton and topped with chicken wire mess, you are ready to plant your indoor plants.  A plank of wood formed into picture frames and painted with bright colors like red, orange or yellow brings out the green and lushness of the plants.

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Wanting to have a Green Wall? Frame Gardens is your solution!

I also enjoyed looking at the herbs section because I got to see the actual plant where my dried spices and herbs came from.  I saw basil, mint, oregano, celantro, chili, and my favorite, rosemary. I'm thinking of buying some seeds, which they also provide, so I could grow herbs and have them fresh in my cooking,

They also have a variety of cactus, arterial plants, moss, ferns, palms, and grass.  If you are a newbie in gardening, each plant has a sticker giving you details of the plant and how to take care of it.

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Cactus anyone?

If you need some fresh flowers for birthdays or special occasions, you could get your flowers at Thomson Road. They kept the flowers in a big refrigerated room and you could buy these in bundles for a much lower rate unlike the flowershops which sell them expensively per piece.  Self service is encouraged at the shop as they provide customers with baskets for which they could put their flowers of interest.  I think you would have to pay extra if you want your flowers arranged.  Flowers available are roses, daisies, carnations, sunflower, anthoriums, calla lily, tulips, orchids, and a lot more in different colors.  You will surely not ran out of flowers to give your loved ones.

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Tulips and Calla Lily

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Roses

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Anthoriums, Lilys, Chrysanthemum and some fern

So check out your calendar of who's celebrating their birthday next, give them beautiful flowers and make them smile.  Or start a new hobby with gardening and get your plants, pots and tools.  All of these you get to find at Thomson Road.

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Thomson Road
Singapore


Thursday, March 8, 2012

When Bumming and Desperation Mix...

It has been a month and 5 days since I left work.  I'm officially bumming around for the same equivalent number of days.  For the first few weeks, I felt I was just on vacation.  And then I was back on my feet trying to finish some requirements for a scholarship in school and a board exam I'm trying to get my ass into taking even if I'm not sure I am qualified.  I just applied and let's see come June.

And then I flew here in Singapore to look for work.  And it has been 12 days of looking for an engineering job, applying to companies online, searching for vacancies in the classified ads and attending walk-in interviews and job fairs.  I feel tired and somewhat desperate.  I'm nearing two weeks yet I have not heard anything from the Immigration regarding my Long-Term Visa pass (allowing me to stay here for 3-12 months), giving me ample time to get a job.  So are the companies whom I have sent my resume to, they just gave me their silence.

When you have nothing to do day by day but waiting, it gets to you.  I get bored for awhile.  I entertain myself with helping out with the chores or do some errands but that becomes boring too that you feel  desperation. I cried yesterday because I feel helpless.  I just hope not to cross the border of insanity.

I'm not really afraid of not finding work because I could always return to the family and help out with the business but at the back of my mind, I don't want to feel defeated.  That I gave up right away..but then again..when should I say that it is enough and maybe its not for me?

I know 12 days is too early to say I quit.  I am not at that point yet.  We are left to wait.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

St. Andrew's Cathedral

I'm not a frequent church goer.  I'm not religious but I pray.  I say sorry because I've sinned.  I seek for God's grace when I am in a crossroads.  I asked for guidance when I am troubled or in doubt. I continuously seek for blessings.

I believe in Divine intervention.

So now that I am looking for a job in SG and to trying broaden my horizon, I often than not find myself going into churches to seek for God's mercy and compassion for my future.

After going through with the ICA and Lucky Plaza, I scanned the map for the nearest church and seen St. Andrew's Cathedral.  The cathedral is said to be the largest in Singapore being the center of the Diocese of Singapore.

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St. Andrew's Cathedral

I would like to share with you some parts of the Cathedral of which is interesting.

When you enter the Cathedral by its main door in the font, you will be welcomed by the Baptismal Front, which is placed at the entrance into the Nave to signify that as one enters the kingdom of God through Christ, he has to respond to His command to be baptised in water.
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Baptismal Front

In the very front of the Cathedral is the Lord's Table.  Just like the last supper where Christ shared dinner with his beloved disciples, Christians gather around the Lord's Table to eat the bread and drink the wine, representing the body and blood of Christ, in accordance with Jesus' command to do this in remembrance of Him.
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Lord's Table at the center (draped in violet because its the Easter Season)

As a backdrop of the Lord's Table are the East Windows where the Centre, North and South Light passes through. The Centre Light is in memory of Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of modern Singapore.  The North and South Light are in memory of Sir John Crawford, Governor of Singapore from 1823-1826 and Mar. Gen. William Butterworth, the Governor in 1843 to 1855, respectively.

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East Windows

At the left side of the Lord's table is the Lectern, where the Bible passage are being read.  It is shaped after a flying eagle perched on a globe to signify that God's Word should be proclaimed and shared throughout the world.

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Lectern

The Pulpit is where the Word of God is preached.  It is made in Sri Lanka in 1889.  Behind is a cross by the wall which they named Coventry Cross, named after the the Coventry Cathedral because it is made from the nails recovered from the ruins of the said cathedral.

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Pulpit

As I've looked around the church, it also has a lot of tomb stone by its wall.  What is good about the church is that there is big TVs for people seated at the back so that they would see and hear the priest during the mass.

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Tombstone inside

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TV Screens everywhere

Somehow, saying a prayer eased my doubts.  I always find solitude in a church. =)

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St. Andrew's Cathedral is open to the public and is easily accessible through the City Hall MRT (Exit B).

St. Andrew's Cathedral
11 St. Andrew's Road
Singapore 178959
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